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It is the 12th year Iran is celebrating a national day to mark its achievements in the nuclear industry.

[The nuclear deal, aka the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA] merely hit the pause button temporarily on those aspects of Iran's nuclear program that it had already perfected - and, as [Salehi's] threats underscore, could be easily restarted-while leaving Tehran with the time and space to develop technologies that it hadn't perfected such as advanced centrifuges and missiles.

The ultimatum puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 worldwide agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

Iran seeks military and defense power, as well as economic and cultural power simultaneously for legitimate authority in the region and the world, Rouhani said.

The president wants Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include "trigger points" that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the official said.

Jahangiri said the move will effectively unify Iran's currency, which has been trading in a two-tier system for several years -- the Central Bank of Iran controls an official rate for business traders and companies, and the unregulated market of commercial, Main Street currency vendors and unlicensed dealers has used a higher rate. Rouhani underlined that Iran will never seek anyone's permission for nuclear research, but it is ready for constructive cooperation. Fordow is a facility south of the holy city of Qom.

Gaza buries journalist Yasser Murtaja shot, killed while covering mass protests
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the riots on the Gaza border over the last few weeks on Saturday, saying. The killings of demonstrators, including one journalist , elicited criticism from the United Nations, EU and elsewhere.

Earlier in the day, Iran's FARS news agency reported that at least four Iranian nationals had been killed in an Israeli airstrike on Syria's N-4 airbase in the country's Homs province.

The 20 percent figure is significant, because it is more than enough to quickly reach the threshold for a nuclear weapon.

The Trump administration is nearing a critical decision on its participation in Iran's nuclear deal, and political feuding at home raises pressure on Rouhani to deliver a stronger economy for ordinary Iranians.

Back in January, Trump asked the rest of the signatories to "fix the bad flaws" of the agreement by May 12 or risk a US withdraw and a reinstatement of the sanctions against Tehran.

In January, Trump announced he is waiving the USA sanctions against Iran for the "last time".

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to "address the flaws in the agreement without violating US commitments".

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